BIO

Michael Paris Mazzeo is an artist and educator who has long traversed the line between art and commerce, having owned and operated a prominent photography gallery in New York City while maintaining an evolving art practice. A photographer by training, specializing in contemporary and antiquarian photographic processes, he recently turned his attention toward performance, video, and sculptural art, earning an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice from The City University of New York – City College.

Michael’s commitment to art and education is evidenced by his long and diverse teaching career, having served on the faculties of Parsons New School for Design, The School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, New Jersey City University and currently, The International Center of Photography and The City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College. He has been a featured portfolio reviewer at art festivals and conferences including FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, Foto DC, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, ASMP, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, the Society for Photographic Education, Photo Plus Expo, and powerHouse Books, among others.

As owner and director of the Michael Mazzeo Gallery in Chelsea, from 2005 through 2012, he launched many artists careers, awarding fifteen photographers their first New York solo exhibitions and exhibiting the work of more than 130 others in group shows. The gallery has placed artists' works in major institutions and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Princeton University Art Museum, while producing critically recognized exhibitions, publications, and events.

Michael has photographed advertising campaigns for clients such as American Express, IBM, Guinness, and Verizon. His editorial work has been published in a wide range of magazines including Surface, Esquire, Men’s Health, Glamour, Latina, and Maxim.


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EDUCATION:

2015 MFA Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice, CUNY, The City College of New York, NY, NY,
1981 BS Economics, Livingston College, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

EXHIBITIONS:

2017 RE:SEARCH BMCC Faculty Exhibition, Shirley Fiterman Art Gallery, NYC, NY
2015 Lehman College Faculty Exhibition, CUNY, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
2015 Ritual Tendencies, MFA Performance in The Great Hall, CUNY, The City College of New York, NYC, NY
2014 MFA Survey, Compton-Goethals Gallery, CUNY, The City College of New York, NYC, NY
2014 Photographs in the Social Landscape, The School of the International Center of Photography, NYC, NY
2014 City College MFA Exhibition, Compton-Goethals Art Gallery, CUNY, The City College of New York, NYC, NY
2010 Luminous, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Invitational Photography Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
2008 Photography Re-Imagined, Tilt Gallery, Tempe, AZ
2008 Resurrection, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 Sun Pictures to MegaPixels, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY

LECTURES and PRESENTATIONS:

2015 Presentation, Ritual Tendencies, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2014 Lecture, Portfolio Editing, The School at The International Center of Photography, NYC, NY
2013 Lecture/Presentation, Art and Commerce, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.
2013 Moderator, Inter Vivos, Artist Panel Discussion, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.
2012 Lecture/Presentation, Finding Gallery Representation, Princeton Photography Club, Princeton, NJ
2012 Moderator, En Foco New Works 15 Photography Fellowship, Artist Panel Discussion, HP Gallery, NYC, NY
2010 Lecture/Presentation, Collodion Portraits, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2010 Moderator, First Impression, Panel Discussion, Camera Club of New York, NY, NY
2009 Lecture/Presentation, Art and Commerce, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2009 Panelist, Collecting Contemporary Photography, The Camera Club of New York, NY, NY
2009 Lecture and Critique, Digital Imaging MFA Program, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
2009 Presentation, Wet Plate Collodion Photography, The School at The International Center of Photography, NY, NY

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR / EDITOR:

2012 “En Foco New Works 15, Photography Fellowship Exhibition” Essay Author, Nueva Luz, Vol.16, No.2, pp. 37-40.
2010 “Down These Mean Streets,” by Will Steacy, 16 pg., 4 color newspaper. Publication Editor

CURATING:

2013 Curator, Inter Vivos, Gallery 31, Corcoran Gallery and College, Washington, D.C.
2010 Curator, Class Pictures, RSVP Project, online exhibition
2009 Curator, First Impression, The Camera Club of New York, NY, NY

TEACHING:

2016-present Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, NY, NY
2014-16 Adjunct Lecturer, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY
2013 Visiting Artist, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.
2011-16 Adjunct Lecturer, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, NY, NY
2011-present Adjunct Faculty in Photography, International Center of Photography, NY, NY
2009-11 Adjunct Faculty in Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2009-10 Adjunct Faculty in Photography, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster PA
2005-10 Adjunct Faculty in Photography, Center for Photography at Woodstock
2003, 2011 Adjunct Faculty in Photography, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
1995-2007 Adjunct Faculty in Photography, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY